On October 15th, students from six underserved local high schools attended the first ever Queen City High School Game Jam at BGS in partnership with AT&T, InfoTech WNY and WNY STEM Hub. Over the course of 24 hours, these students from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, City Honors School, Computing Academy of Technology Sciences at Bennett, Leonardo da Vinci High School, Wellsville High School, and a team of all-female members of the “It’s Your World! Develop It!” Powered by AT&T coding program received the opportunity to work alongside our community of professional developers, designers, artists and musicians in an effort to make a game around the theme of “Social Good”.
While these students might normally not have the opportunity to work alongside professionals in the field of game development, through our partnership with AT&T we were able to provide them the chance not only to learn from those who make games for a living, but to create something of their own as well.
“AT&T is proud to have collaborate with these dynamic organizations to develop and support this innovative experience for students as it further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM-related educational programming throughout Western New York,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president, AT&T. “Our economy continues to transform at a robust pace – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy – and STEM focused programs like this one are vital to ensure that the students of today are equipped to compete in the global innovation economy of tomorrow.”
Special thanks to our partners AT&T, Infotech WNY and WNY STEM Hub for helping us run this incredible event.
If you’d like to play the games made by the students, you can download them from our itch.io page.